Hold Back (move)

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Hold Back
てかげん Go Easy
Hold Back VI.png
Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  40 (max. 64)
Power  40
Accuracy  100%
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Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation VI
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Hold Back (Japanese: てかげん Go Easy) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation VI. It was first revealed on the December 18, 2013 episode of Nintendo Direct. It cannot be learned through normal gameplay, and Celebi is currently the only Pokémon to be made available with this move, therefore making it Celebi's signature move.


Hold Back inflicts damage, but will leave the target with 1 HP if it would otherwise cause it to faint. If the target has 1 HP remaining, Hold Back will hit and leave the target at 1 HP.

If used against a substitute, Hold Back is able to break it and will not leave the substitute with 1 HP.


Games Description
The user holds back when it attacks and the target is left with at least 1 HP.


Special move

Generation VI

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
251 251 Celebi Psychic Grass Pokémon Bank Celebi
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.


• Hold Back has the most PP out of all signature moves exclusive to Legendary Pokémon.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Retenue
Germany Flag.png German Zurückhaltung
Italy Flag.png Italian Riguardo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 적당히손봐주기 Jeokdanghisonbwajugi
Spain Flag.png Spanish Clemencia

Variations of the move False Swipe
Physical False SwipeHold Back

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